Cat Flea
(Ctenocephalides felis felis)

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Fleas are a nuisance to both man and animal, and they can sometimes carry on undetected, their bites being mistaken for bed bug or mosquito bites.

Description

Shiny red or brown in colour
Large back legs for jumping, Very thin almost flat body, 2-3mm long

Biology

Eggs laid on host or bedding
3-8 eggs laid after every blood meal
Larvae can survive in carpets or bedding
Larvae feed on Adult excrement and organic debris

Food

Fleas will feed on their host, your pets or you, and will lay between 4-8 eggs after every blood meal.

Habitat

Flea larvae thrive in carpets, under floorboards in pet bedding.
Fleas can lay dormant when the pupae stage is complete and not emerge until a host is available.

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